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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 86 - August/September 2021

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In this issue:

Trade show previews
London Stationery Show CHSI Stitches

Festive finds
Part one of our Christmas special!

Cool crochet and neat knits
Crochet and knitting

Cardmaking inspiration
With Christmas around the corner, here's some great card making materials

Fabulous felting

Soft crafts
Needle felting, cushion making and more...

Make your mark!
Stamping & embossing

Tried & tested
We try our Corinne Lappiere's Christmas angels kit!

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From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Autumn inspiration

The shops have been open some time now and we hope you’re reaping the rewards. My feedback has been positive with shop owners commenting on new customers, people buying in bulk (possibly worried about the dreaded third wave) and generally enjoying being able to see the colours and textures on offer once again. The next big step is the return of physical trade shows. This issue, we have a spotlight on the London Stationery Show where you can read all about what to expect at the London Design Centre this October!

In this edition, we have plenty of inspiration for knitting & crochet, card making, stamping & embossing and – is that the sound of sleigh bells ringing – part one of our Christmas special!

So, as we enter the second half of 2021 please support your local craft shops, keep smiling (mask or no mask) and carry on creating − I certainly will be!

Enjoy the issue!

Rachel Westall, Editor

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Editor loves...

Rachel Westall, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
Rachel x
I love card making and love these card kits are from Bothy Threads. The Christmas Fox and Christmas Bear cards both measure 10cm x 10cm. These kits contain; 14 count misty blue Zweigart Aida, stranded cottons, special threads, needle, stitch diagrams and instructions. A brown triple fold card and envelope are also included.


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